Maryland Significantly Changes Pay Discrimination Law with Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2016

On May 19, Governor Hogan signed into law the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2016.  The law, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, amends the state’s existing wage discrimination law in several significant ways. Changes that Protect Employees There are several notable changes in the amendment that give broader protections to employees, including: Prohibiting pay discrimination because of gender identity.  LGBT employees are now explicitly...
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Maryland Passes New "Equal Pay for Equal Work" Bill

Clifford Geiger
Clifford Geiger
04/13/2016
Maryland law already prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity.  Likewise, Maryland already has an equal pay law.  On April 9, 2016, however, the Maryland legislature passed a bill that would supplement those existing laws.   This bill targets equal pay for equal work by specifically providing that an employer may not pay an employee a lower wage than an employee of another sex or gender identity if both...
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North Carolina Enacts The Most Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law In The Country

I went to law school in North Carolina.  My daughter went to college there, at a school that uses a lighter color blue than the one I went to.  I have family members and dear friends who have lived in North Carolina for decades.  I mention this because I love the state of North Carolina.  Maybe just not some (many) of its legislators, or at least 82 of them.  As I heard the author John Irving say just this past week:  “if you must practice...
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The Most Generous Paid Leave Act Is Pending Before The District of Columbia Council

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
10/14/2015
Last week, Eric Paltell posted on this very same legislation.  I promise I do read the posts on our own blog, but clearly "forgot" for a minute when I posted this entry yesterday.  While there is some duplication, our presentations come from a different angle.  So I leave this up for your reading pleasure, openly acknowledging the "already done that" aspect of the base topic. The D.C. Council has pending before it one of the most generous paid...
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Democrats Propose Major Overhaul of Federal Labor Laws

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
10/08/2015
In the past several weeks, Democratic leaders in Washington have proposed a a series of dramatic changes to federal labor laws intended to make it easier for labor unions to organize workers. On September 16, 2015, Senator Patty Murray (Wa.) and Representative Bobby Scott  (Va.) introduced the "Workplace Action for a Growing Economy" (WAGE) Act (H.R. 4514; S.2042).  The legislation would amend the National Labor Relations Act to allow workers to...
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"Ban The Box" Continues To Catch On In Maryland

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
01/08/2015
Montgomery and Prince George's Counties join Baltimore City (and the District of Columbia) to now limit an employer's ability to inquire about an applicant's criminal history.  This trend continues to grow, and very likely, will become Maryland state law sooner than later. Montgomery County Ordinance Effective January 1, 2015, most private employers with 15 or more full-time employees and that do business in Montgomery County may not inquire about...
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Drug-Free Workplaces In The Era Of Medical And/or Legal Marijuana Use

An employee with terminal illness or severe pain obtains medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.  His or her employer, however, maintains a drug-free workplace policy that provides for employee drug testing. What can an employer do under these circumstances?  This post is designed to provide a basic snapshot of the current state of the law, and the prominent issues that employers face.  As detailed below, employers are generally blanketed...
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D.C. Is The Latest Jurisdiction To "Ban The Box"

Following in the footsteps of Baltimore and a number of other states and localities, the District of Columbia City Council recently approved a “ban the box” bill that prohibits employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after making a conditional job offer.  In a D.C.-specific wrinkle, the bill, known as the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 (“the Act”), must first be approved both by Mayor Vincent Gray...
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Maryland Governor O’Malley Signs Transgender Protection Bill into Law

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
05/22/2014
On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Governor O’Malley signed into law the “Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014,” adding gender identity and expression to the list of protected classifications under Maryland law. Maryland joins 17 other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in providing this protection. The law takes effect on October 1, 2014 and prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation. Enforcement will...
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Baltimore City Council Passes "Ban the Box" Law

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
04/29/2014
The “Ban the Box” ordinance passed by the Baltimore City Council (over the vehement protests of  the City's business community)  on Monday, April 28 (“the Bill”) is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  The Bill will become effective 90 days after it is signed by the Mayor and will affect the hiring practices of many employers.  If enacted, Baltimore City will join about 60 other localities nationwide with...
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